This article cites some very funny backhanded complements by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, essentially equating Google’s present growth with Microsoft in the 1980’s and 1990’s during the meteoric success of their operating system and desktop applications market.
“They are trying to double in a year,” Ballmer told a crowd of Stanford Graduate School of Business students on Thursday. “That’s insane in my opinion.”
This really reinforces what I have seen developing in the last several years in the search engine industry: Google goes from post-dot-com-bubble darling to profit powerhouse to the 800 pound gorilla leveraging it’s industry monopoly in increasingly scary ways. We aren’t there yet, and I hope that I am proven wrong, but you can’t deny the comparison between the present Google and the past Microsoft.
Read this analysis as well to see some healthy debate on the Google-becoming-Microsoft topic.